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here. we would like to get that do you meaned to codifiy it and make sure in the future we advance and not be stale. we are honored to have nejgan afshan to read a letter from the speaker on her behalf. m afshan. >> thank you. for all of your hard work and unfortunately speaker pelosi cannot be here she back at washington, d.c. after arriving from berlin she wanted to give her greetings in this letter. dear friends i'm delighted to extend my support for the 07 neighborhood empowerment summit
in san francisco. this will foster communication and solutions to the over hundred neighborhoods in san francisco. through the collaborative efforts of city agencies, local nonprofits and community leaders all of the san francisco's unique communities are empowered to share their experiences and collected ideas. with the goal of building stronger, safer, cleaner communities through cooperation and civic engagement today's summit will exceed our expectations. today's summit will serve as a model for other cities across america. thank you for this opportunity, mr. newsom and latoya cantrell to congratulate daniel homsey of the neighborhood services for leading today's great event and for launching of the
neighborhood empowerment net work website empower sf. org. the best of luck, speaker of the house, nancy pelosi. [applause]. >> just amazing that young lady started as an intern in our office 3 years ago and came in and said, i want to make a difference. we should applaud her success it's just amazing. [applause] i would like to introduce your mayor gavin c. newsom. >> thank you very much for coming out. big round of applause for daniel homsey and his hard work bringing this together getting all the staff and volunteers the
mayor's office of neighborhood services and other departmenting that are here we are very thankful. daniel has been talking about this for what seems a millennium. you imagine being the mayor's office of neighborhood services how demanding that job is. the calls you get for service. we got the liaisons to the districts and how overwhelmed some of them are. we added budget cuts. the office had 2 or 3 people representing each district now you have one person representing 2 or 3 districts because of budget cuts. the expectations are rising in terms of what you xch out of that department. and so in an effort to meet those expectations daniel's looking at best practices and different ways of doing things. trying to find an
entrepreneurial approach to face the challenges that exist in our diverse neighborhoods. he came with with this idea of a summit and picked up on the best practices that we engaged in by creating a model for 109 cities through project homeless connect we got all the city agencies and nonprofits and community leaders and others under one roof. we do that every 6 weeks here at the bill graham auditorium. thousands come together. i cannot encourage you more as a human being to come down and experience it. i don't say that as a representative of an organization to come down. i don't say that as a community leader to come down. i say that as a human being that
wants to experience something ennobling and enlightning and remarkable that is thousands of homeless people; nameless faceless people. folks you drive by and folks you step over, folks you simply turn your back oftentimes to for no negative reason but because you are moving on with your life and to come here and find a sense of hope and dignity. thousands of volunteers try to connect with them in a real way. people who have their feet washed which is a remarkable thing and have a pe diatryst there to help solve problems with their feet. we have folks volunteering and giving away eye exams and eye glasses.
folks with wheel chairs that can't afford to have their chairings fixed. this is like a mechanic's station for wheel chairs. having seen those folks get those wheel chairs f. fixed. we had a dental exam on site. we connected all the needs of the individuals. daniel took a look at that and said can we extend that to neighborhood services and neighborhood empowerment? can we provide best practices that may be done at a nonprofit helping homeless but few know about because they are not in that community and take the model of organizations that do great work that need to share great work and empower other neighborhoods similarly by doing what we are doing today. that was the genesis of this idea. empowerment is what it's all
about. it's giving the tools people need to succeed and make a difference for themselves and the neighborhoods. it's not a top down approach. no proclamation or hearing or resolution will solve the problems in our neighborhoods. the only way the problems in our neighborhoods get solved is when people come together and say, we had enough and want to make a difference and want to tribute our time and talent and tenacity by gaging be one another and becoming part of that change. now, what you are seeing up here with the slides is also the spirit of why we are here. these are images that daniel took in new orleans. in the broadmoore community. we have a special guest today that will talk to you about the real meaning of empowerment. you can imagine for all our
challenges doesn't matter the neighborhood we are in cam pair or challenges to the challenges you see up challenges on thoseim mags. we don't have trials like what happened with katrina. so many of you that have been sparks of hope and imagination, people that are engaged we have someone that will talk about how she has sparked the imagination and engagement of a city that was ready to abandon, not just her but the entire broadmoore community. in fact, the mayor who is a friend, this is not a critique, put together after the challenges in katrina, put together a diverse group of what we say the best and the brightest. came up with a bad idea. we don't always get it right.
they said broadmoore had been wiped out. they said, it ain't worth bringing back. we are going to make it open space. and the speaker i will introduce in a moment she like many of you said, wait that's my community. that's my neighborhood. you made that decision without us in mind. the community was forced to leave. they were not part of this discussion. and she said, like so many of you said to me and others, no that's not the way it's going to be. she stepped up and stepped in and she was heard. and a consequence of that is she is not only made a difference by empowering the broodmoore community of the head of the improvement association but she woke not just city hall up to
the fact that there are real people who's lives are being affected by the decisions that are being made some place else. she's made an impact nationally. i found out her throughout clinton global initiative where i had the prejudice of going a year ago to speak about our environmental issues in new york city. harvard also learned of her. and a very well no one fill per heard about here. they connected the dots we decide we would create twinning relationships almost neighborhood sister neighborhood as opposed to sister city relationship with broodmoore and see if we could help.
we do all the relationships with citied around the world but we don't help our neighbors down the road. it's really been a remarkable experience for guys like ed lee our cao, for daniel and others who have gone to broodmoore and felt the remarkable connection. and have felt a great sense of responsibility to help out. in the spirit of that, we ask latoya cantrell to come here and talk about her struggle, her challenges and her resolve. because i think what she represents is the best of what so many of you represent. and for the grace of god every one of us could be put in the same position as latoya but how many would have the courage to
become latoya? and actually step up and not give up. and so that's why we thought we couldn't get a better speaker today for a neighborhood empowerment necessary work initiative than someone who is empowered her neighborhood and networked her community across now this country. and notably and significantly in san francisco to talk about what she's done. she's an inspiration. featured in time magazine, new york times. "wall street journal." even tried to get her to run for political office she said, why would i do that? when i could do so much more as the head of the brood moore improvement association. or keynote speaker, big round of applause to latoya cantrell. [applause]
>> thank you all. thank you very much it really is an honor and a privilege to be with you today among neighbors. i feel right at home because it's nothing better than grass-roots. i think that's what we all represent here today our neighborhoods our communities and that's really what makes all the difference. i do want to thank mayor newsom, as he mentioned we have a strong partnership with the city of san francisco. i'm telling you the city officials have been down for about 3 times now. have helped us form a partnership also with other entities within the city like dig tus media inc. and plan ready, they have come in and
purchases lawn equipment to help us maintain lawns and help people come home and bring them home. looking out and seeing ed lee the cao and daniel homsey who is an inspiration in and of itself i want to say thank you. i'm going to just jump right in as you know my name is latoya cantrell. i'm a native of california. southern california. i grew up planning for earthquakes, going through the earthquake drills and getting under your desk at school and things like that. i attended zavier university in new orleans. that's my home.
i will not go and that's why i chose to return and help my community come back better and stronger than it was before. i was engaged in the broodmoore association prekatrina. i served as president right before the storms starting the year of 2005. the neighborhood organization was actually formed as the broodmoore civic improvement association in 1930. in 1970 it was incorporated as the broodmoore improvement association. one message i want to bring to you all is very important for us to organize ourselves new. build our community in our capacity today. and this will allow us and aid us in our recovery should a natural disaster strike. i will start with just moving forward kind of taking us
through some of the challenges of broodmoore but it's the lessons that broadmoore neighbors we learnd and possibly share them with you to help you prepare and to build your own capacity should disaster strike much the broadmoore community we are 151 square blocks. centrally located. the circle is circled around broadmoore. we are in the heart of new orleans. it's a diverse community a microcosim of new orleans. home to 7,000 residents prekatrina and 66 percent of our homeowners have returned. we have 2400 properties in the neighborhood and we are leading the city in recovery. because of our organization
being together predisaster it really had aided us in our recovery post. being one of the first neighborhoods to release a redevelopment plan for community in july of 2006. and we started planning in january of 2006. really about 7 months of real planning. but the message here is that we can start or you can really start your planning today. you don't have to wait. and that was one of the things that when daniel and ed visited broadmoore they said, we can really get our people involved now. because it's not a matter of, if, it's a matter of, when. we are all vulnerable. these are pictures of broadmoore. the homeses. we are a national historic
district. we have 5 housing styles in broadmoore. it's a great place and we were not going to allow a group of, so called, constituents of broadmoore to determine we would not come back and say our neighborhood was not viable when our homes were not off their structures. they were sound. they were structurally sound. this neighborhood was built in 1905-1920. as you see some of the homes, most are raised basement homes we call your living quarters really on your second level. they are not on your first. the first is basement storage space but the purpose the real purpose here today is for us to strengthen and empower our
neighborhoods to take responsibility for not only our own sake but that of your neighbors and your neighborhood. we have to build our human and social capacity within our neighborhoods. that's a lesson broadmoore learned. it's about building community you do that as you come together as neighbors as you build the trust because it matters. it will encourage neighborhood resiliency in the face of a natural disaster and resiliency of socioeconomy challenges that do arrive once you are in e post disaster mode like the bring back new orleans making recommendations against broadmoore. that was a challenge. we had to deal with the challenge. because we were organized it aided us in that. a statement i wanted to make
about, i can't get the clicker to click with me. okay. wanted to share this with you and so you can remind you that we are a part of nature whether we live in a city or forest. as a part of nature we will encounter natural hazards. these hazards only become sdafters when they interface with our vulnerable system. through neighborhood empowerment and preparedness we can lessen the vulnerabilities of the communities and mitigated effects of natural hazards. that's one of the reasons why the city of san francisco prepared this network for you today of nonprofit organizations and different and bringing all of your neighborhood organizations together so you can begin to build that level of capacity.
looking here we call this in broadmoore our 6 point redevelopment strategy. now, this became clear to us after katrina and how were we going to galvanize ourselves and build partnerships to assist us in our recovery? you can create your will today. and that is in the center of this will is the community. is your neighborhood. it starts with you. you have government support is one of your arms. government now is trying to help you plan and prepare and get you focused and empower you to really make a difference. you can build relationships with your nonprofit organizations that private sector as well, corporations and foundations. one session was helping you write grants to get you on the
path to getting the resources in your community now. your faith based communities that's critical. notice and realize they are a part of your communities now. and lean on them today. this was one of the things we had to learn after the storm. but i tell you, creating this will has gotten broadmoore where we are now, leading the city in recovery. i wanted to share with your universities as the mayor mentioned we have a former partnership with the kennedy school of government who provided 90 graduate interns coming to broadmoore for spring break, for the summer for 2 years who have provided us with expertise and conducted research and aided us in developing a comprehensive, credible
redevelopment plan much the purpose today is to get you to understand that these relationships can really happen now. and they will aid us and aid you in your recovery. >> so, building that communities and building the trust and i go back to saying, it helps in post disaster recovery. the trust is so important i can't stress to you. if broadmoore was not organized before the storm i'm sure different fractions could have broken out in the community that would have prevented us from coming together as one unit being actively engaged prekatrina helped. it discourages fragmentations and encourages community.
it you see new leadership but you can try your best today to get more people involved, knock on doors, have social events. i was lynching to liz mc gill saying they are building social capacity and having parties and some laughed but that's how you build community. it's coming together. if there is no other way because we are more than bricks and mortars we are people and social. you want to encourage this new leadership. this is one of the things that after the storm when i held the first general meeting in broadmoore in january of 2006. we had over 600 people show up in prekatrina i had 75. we embrace our new residents stepping up to the plate to get
involved. we appointed new folks that had not been around before but it aided us in our ability to help ourselves. so i encourage you to always want to and try to expand that circle of inclusion to make sure that you are representative of the diversity that exists within your neighborhoods. this will help us jump start recovery. i don't want us to think that oh , this happened to new orleans and this is not a part of our reality today. but as i mentioned earlier, we are vulnerable, we all are. and hurricane season for new orleans and louisiana come once a year. we know. june first-november one. we know that earthquake season is everyday. you never know. i don't want you to have blinders on to think this is not a part of reality right now.
because it can happen. so, begin to organize today. this is just an example of a meeting flyer that we had in broadmoore post katrina, galvanizing our residents having festivals to get our people engaged and involved. some of the other things that you can do today is start developing repopulation strategies. in a disaster how will you find your people and determine what their needs and bear yers are? these are things you can have in place right now. but for broadmoore we had to do this in the aftermath. i can't stress to you enough to make sure that you incorporate your vision and your strategies. block captains aided us in our
recovery. block captains are people living on blocks who stepped up to say, i will be the eyes and ears of my area. i will walk and see who's back and who's not and their intensions. our block captain program is still alive now. we restructured it we are moving from who's back and who's not to dealing with the quality of life issues that arrive on a daily basis. whether it's you know crime, whether it's blight, whether it's zoning issues. people rebuilding and not adhering to the new zoning laws it's constant. i would also take you through marketing your neighborhoods now. starting to, we were digtus
media inc. who was a corporation in san francisco provide us with light post banners with no cost and we were able to put them through the neighborhoods. it afforded the opportunity to have banners and what do you call them -- i can't think of the name, billboards throughout the neighborhoods to claim that broadmoored. it had an impact on people buying in the momentum and getting involved in the community and feeling that my neighborhood is coming back better than it was before. >> communication. these are things you can do now. websites. i'm pretty sure in listening to many of the leaders in the briefing sessions a lot of you have the communications going
now. website and we were able to do on line forums with our residents who were not back in the city who were displaced to find out what the barriers are and what they continue to be. we were able to reach out and link them to a service that could aid them into coming home and help them do so. you can look at housing issues. how are you going to address the infrastructure as soon as the disaster strikes? one thing why i'm telling you this regardless of how much government helps you prepare you will have to depend on one another when a disaster come. it's your neighbors who will be the first responders in your